Office of Vocational and Adult Education; Overview Information; Tech-Prep Demonstration Program (TPDP); Notice Inviting Applications For New Awards in Fiscal Year (FY) 2005, 19741-19746 [05-7527]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 71 / Thursday, April 14, 2005 / Notices academic standards that equal or exceed those established by the State and reflects industry-recognized skills and knowledge. (d) The extent to which the applicant demonstrates that consortium efforts will align the ninth-grade and tenthgrade curricula with proposed TPDP program entrance requirements, to ensure a sizable, qualified applicant pool for the proposed TPDP program. (e) The extent to which the applicant presents a detailed student recruitment plan that is likely to be effective in fulfilling the project’s enrollment goals for each year of the project. (f) The extent to which the applicant demonstrates that it has designed a comprehensive academic and career counseling program for participating students at both the secondary and postsecondary levels and will provide specific support services to ensure students’ persistence in the program to the attainment of a postsecondary degree or certificate. (g) The extent to which the applicant demonstrates that the business member(s) of the consortium and other area employers have agreed to provide structured work-based learning opportunities to TPDP students that are directly related to the proposed technical program(s) of study. (h) The extent to which the proposed project will provide intensive professional development, specifically designed to help achieve the goals of the program, for secondary and postsecondary instructors, counselors, and administrators involved in the program. (2) Quality of the management plan. In determining the quality of the management plan for the proposed project, we consider the following factors: (a) The extent to which the management plan outlines specific, measurable goals, objectives, and outcomes to be achieved by the proposed project. (b) The extent to which the management plan assigns responsibility for the accomplishment of project tasks to specific project personnel and provides timelines for the accomplishment of project tasks. (c) The extent to which the time commitments of the project director and other key personnel are appropriate and adequate to achieve the objectives of the proposed project. (3) Quality of project personnel. In determining the quality of project personnel, we consider the following factors: (a) The extent to which the applicant encourages applications for employment VerDate jul<14>2003 19:36 Apr 13, 2005 Jkt 205001 from members of groups that have traditionally been underrepresented based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability. (b) The qualifications, including relevant training and experience, of the project director. (c) The qualifications, including relevant training and experience, of key project personnel, including teachers, counselors, administrators, and project consultants. (4) Adequacy of resources. In determining the adequacy of resources for the proposed project, we consider the following factors: (a) The adequacy of support, including facilities, equipment, supplies, and other resources, from the participating institutions. (b) The extent to which the budget is adequate and costs are reasonable in relation to the objectives and design of the proposed project. (5) Quality of the project evaluation. In determining the quality of the evaluation, we consider the following factors: (a) The extent to which the methods of evaluation are thorough, feasible, and appropriate, will solicit input from all consortium members regarding program effectiveness, and will yield accurate and reliable data for each of the required performance indicators. (b) The extent to which the evaluation will produce reports or other documents at appropriate intervals to enable consortium members to use the data for planning and decision making for continuous program improvement. (c) The extent to which the independent evaluator possesses the necessary background and expertise to carry out the evaluation. Executive Order 12866 This notice of final requirements and selection criteria has been reviewed in accordance with Executive Order 12866. Under the terms of the order, we have assessed the potential costs and benefits of this regulatory action. The potential costs associated with the notice of final requirements and selection criteria are those resulting from statutory requirements and those we have determined as necessary for administering this program effectively and efficiently. In assessing the potential costs and benefits—both quantitative and qualitative—of this notice of final requirements and selection criteria, we have determined that the benefits of the final requirements and selection criteria justify the costs. We have also determined that this regulatory action does not unduly PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 19741 interfere with State, local, and tribal governments in the exercise of their governmental functions. We summarized the costs and benefits in the notice of proposed requirements and selection criteria. Intergovernmental Review This program is subject to Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. One of the objectives of the Executive Order is to foster an intergovernmental partnership and a strengthened federalism. The Executive order relies on processes developed by State and local governments for coordination and review of proposed Federal financial assistance. This document provides early notification of our specific plans and actions for this program. Electronic Access to This Document You may view this document, as well as all other Department of Education documents published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/ news/fedregister. To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1– 888–293–6498; or in the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512–1530. Note: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/ index.html. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 84.353 Tech-Prep Demonstration Program) Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 2376. Dated: April 11, 2005. Susan Sclafani, Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education. [FR Doc. 05–7526 Filed 4–13–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Vocational and Adult Education; Overview Information; Tech-Prep Demonstration Program (TPDP); Notice Inviting Applications For New Awards in Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.353. E:\FR\FM\14APN1.SGM 14APN1 19742 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 71 / Thursday, April 14, 2005 / Notices Dates: Applications Available: April 14, 2005. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 24, 2005. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 28, 2005. Eligible Applicants: To be eligible for funding under the TPDP, a consortium must include at least one member in each of the following three categories: (1) A local educational agency (LEA), an intermediate educational agency, an area vocational and technical education school serving secondary school students, or a secondary school funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs; (2)(a) A nonprofit institution of higher education that offers a two-year associate degree, two-year certificate, or two-year postsecondary apprenticeship program, or (b) a proprietary institution of higher education that offers a twoyear associate degree program; and (3) A business. Under the provisions of section 204(a)(1) of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998 (Perkins III), to be eligible for consortium membership both nonprofit and proprietary institutions of higher education must be qualified as institutions of higher education pursuant to section 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), including institutions receiving assistance under the Tribally Controlled College or University Assistance Act of 1978 (25 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) and tribally controlled postsecondary vocational and technical institutions. In addition, nonprofit institutions of higher education are eligible only if they are not prohibited from receiving assistance under HEA, title IV, part B (20 U.S.C. 1071 et seq.), pursuant to the provisions of section 435(a)(3) of HEA (20 U.S.C. 1083(a)). Proprietary institutions of higher education are eligible only if they are not subject to a default management plan required by the Secretary. Under the provisions of section 204(a)(2) of Perkins III, consortia also may include one or more: (1) Institutions of higher education that award baccalaureate degrees; (2) Employer organizations; or (3) Labor organizations. Note: Eligible consortia seeking to apply for funds should read and follow the regulations in 34 CFR 75.127 through 75.129, which apply to group applications. Estimated Available Funds: $9,838,177. Estimated Range of Awards: $700,000 to $800,000 for the 60-month project period. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $759,000. VerDate jul<14>2003 19:36 Apr 13, 2005 Jkt 205001 Estimated Number of Awards: 13. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this Notice. Project Period: 60 months. Additional information concerning length of awards, available funds, and award amounts is included in Section II (Award Information) of this notice. Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The TPDP provides grants to enable consortia described in section 204(a) of Perkins III to carry out tech-prep education projects authorized by section 207 of Perkins III that involve the location of a secondary school on the site of a community college, a business as a member of the consortium, and the voluntary participation of secondary school students. Following an initial recruitment period, funded projects will enroll a new student cohort in each year of the project and will continue to support each previous TPDP student cohort. Priority: Under this competition we are particularly interested in applications that address the following priority. Invitational Priority: For this competition, this priority is an invitational priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1), we do not give an application that meets this invitational priority a competitive or absolute preference over other applications. This priority is: Student Choice: This priority encourages applications that propose to implement a TPDP project in a geographic area in which a large proportion or number of public high schools have been identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), to provide an opportunity for students to attend a school that is not in need of improvement. Requirements: Additional requirements for all projects funded under this competition are in the notice of final requirements and selection criteria, published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 2376. Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) the requirements and selection criteria in the notice of final requirements and selection criteria published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register. PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants except federally recognized Indian tribes. Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of higher education only. II. Award Information Type of Award: Discretionary grant. Estimated Available Funds: $9,838,177. Estimated Range of Awards: $700,000 to $800,000 for the 60-month project period. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $759,000 Estimated Number of Awards: 13. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this Notice. Project Period: 60 months. Applicants under this competition are required to provide detailed budget information for each year of the proposed project and for the total grant. The Department will negotiate funding levels for each 12month period of the grant at the time of the award. Grants under this competition will be made from both the FY 2004 and the FY 2005 TPDP appropriations. The FY 2005 appropriation for TPDP, although already enacted, will not be available to the Secretary for obligation until July 1, 2005. Therefore, partial TPDP grant awards will be made with funds from the FY 2004 TPDP appropriation, following the selection of grantees. The remainder of the TPDP grant awards will be made as supplemental awards to grantees on or soon after July 1, 2005, when funds from the FY 2005 TPDP appropriation become available for obligation by the Secretary. Note: The Secretary has concluded that five-year awards are necessary for TPDP grantees to fully meet the statutory purposes of section 207 of Perkins III and the requirements of this notice. By definition, tech-prep programs combine at least two years of secondary education with a minimum of two years of postsecondary education in a nonduplicative, sequential course of study, and result in the attainment of a postsecondary degree or certificate. As outlined in this notice, five-year funding will: (a) Allow funded projects to engage in a lengthy recruitment effort and meet their enrollment goals; (b) enable the first cohort of students to complete the full four years of the tech-prep program and attain the necessary postsecondary degree or certificate; and (c) enable subsequent cohorts of students to complete a significant portion of the techprep program, thus increasing the likelihood that they will persist in their efforts to attain the necessary postsecondary degree or certificate. In addition, by enabling funded projects to conduct the full four-year techprep program, five-year funding will allow grantees and the Department to evaluate the E:\FR\FM\14APN1.SGM 14APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 71 / Thursday, April 14, 2005 / Notices effectiveness of the funded programs more thoroughly. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants: To be eligible for funding under the TPDP, a consortium must include at least one member in each of the following three categories: (1) An LEA, an intermediate educational agency, an area vocational and technical education school serving secondary school students, or a secondary school funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs; (2) (a) A nonprofit institution of higher education that offers a two-year associate degree, two-year certificate, or two-year postsecondary apprenticeship program, or (b) a proprietary institution of higher education that offers a twoyear associate degree program; and (3) A business. Under the provisions of section 204(a)(1) of Perkins III, to be eligible for consortium membership both nonprofit and proprietary institutions of higher education must be qualified as institutions of higher education pursuant to section 102 of HEA, including institutions receiving assistance under the Tribally Controlled College or University Assistance Act of 1978 (25 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) and tribally controlled postsecondary vocational and technical institutions. In addition, nonprofit institutions of higher education are eligible only if they are not prohibited from receiving assistance under HEA, title IV, part B (20 U.S.C. 1071 et seq.), pursuant to the provisions of section 435(a)(3) of HEA (20 U.S.C. 1083(a)). Proprietary institutions of higher education are eligible only if they are not subject to a default management plan required by the Secretary. Under the provisions of section 204(a)(2) of Perkins III, consortia also may include one or more: (1) Institutions of higher education that award baccalaureate degrees; (2) employer organizations; or (3) labor organizations. Note: Eligible consortia seeking to apply for funds should read and follow the regulations in 34 CFR 75.127 through 75.129, which apply to group applications. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not involve cost sharing or matching but does involve supplement-not-supplant funding provisions. IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address to Request Application Package: Laura Messenger, U.S. VerDate jul<14>2003 19:36 Apr 13, 2005 Jkt 205001 Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 11028, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202– 7241. Telephone: (202) 245–7840. Fax: (202) 245–7170. You may also obtain an application package via Internet from the following address: http:// www.ed.gov/GrantApps/ If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1– 800–877–8339. Individuals with disabilities may obtain this notice in an alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) by contacting the program contact person listed in this section. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements concerning the content of the application, together with the forms you must submit, are in the application package for this competition. 3. Submission Dates and Times: Applications Available: April 14, 2005. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 31, 2005. Applications for grants under this competition may be submitted electronically using the Electronic Grant Application System (e-Application) accessible through the Department’s eGrants system, or in paper format by mail or hand delivery. For information (including dates and times) about how to submit your application electronically, or by mail or hand delivery, please refer to section IV. 6. Other Submission Requirements in this notice. We do not consider an application that does not comply with the deadline requirements. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 28, 2005. 4. Intergovernmental Review: This program is subject to Executive order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Information about Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order 12372 is in the application package for this competition. 5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice. In addition, some specific categories of allowable TPDP spending and some specific funding restrictions apply to TPDP projects: Allowable Costs Allowable activities and expenditures for TPDP projects include, but are not limited to: Recruitment and enrollment of students; staff hiring; updating of PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 19743 articulation agreements; curriculum revision; professional development for secondary and postsecondary faculty, counselors, and administrators; and development and maintenance of business and industry partnerships. In addition, section 207(b)(2) of Perkins III specifies that TPDP projects may provide summer internships at a business for students or teachers. Section 207 of Perkins III gives applicants latitude for innovation. Subject to applicable funding restrictions, section 204(c)(3)(B) of Perkins III authorizes tech-prep programs that allow students to concurrently complete both secondary and postsecondary courses, and simultaneously satisfy requirements for a high school diploma and an associate degree or other postsecondary credential. Unallowable Costs (1) Supplanting. In accordance with section 311(a) of Perkins III, funds under this program may not be used to supplant non-Federal funds used to carry out vocational and technical education activities and tech-prep activities. Further, the prohibition against supplanting also means that grantees are required to use their negotiated restricted indirect cost rate under this program. (34 CFR 75.563.) Because of the statutory prohibition against supplanting, we caution applicants not to plan to use Federal funds awarded under section 207 of Perkins III to replace non-Federal funding that is already, or that otherwise would be, available for support of the TPDP projects to be assisted. Further, we are concerned that TPDP funds may be used to replace Federal student financial aid. We wish to highlight the fact that the statute does not authorize us to fund projects that serve primarily as entities through which students may apply for and receive tuition and other financial assistance. (2) Construction. Under § 75.533 of EDGAR (34 CFR 75.533), TPDP grants cannot be used for the acquisition of real property or construction because Perkins III does not specifically permit use of TPDP funds for these purposes. (3) Articulation Agreements with Four-Year Institutions. Under the provisions of section 207(d) of Perkins III, tech-prep articulation agreements with four-year institutions cannot be supported with TPDP funds awarded under section 207 of Perkins III. However, articulation agreements with four-year institutions can be developed using other resources by applicants who wish to establish ‘‘open-ended’’ tech- E:\FR\FM\14APN1.SGM 14APN1 19744 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 71 / Thursday, April 14, 2005 / Notices prep career pathways. Also, the inclusion in TPDP consortia of institutions of higher education that award baccalaureate degrees is allowable under section 204(a)(2)(A) of Perkins III. 6. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under this competition may be submitted electronically or in paper format by mail or hand delivery. a. Electronic Submission of Applications. If you choose to submit your application to us electronically, you must use e-Application available through the Department’s e-Grants system, accessible through the e-Grants portal page at: http://e-grants.ed.gov. While completing your electronic application, you will be entering data online that will be saved into a database. You may not e-mail an electronic copy of a grant application to us. Please note the following: • Your participation in e-Application is voluntary. • You must complete the electronic submission of your grant application by 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. The eApplication system will not accept an application for this competition after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process. • The regular hours of operation of the e-Grants Web site are 6 a.m. Monday until 7 p.m. Wednesday; and 6 a.m. Thursday until midnight Saturday, Washington, DC time. Please note that the system is unavailable on Sundays, and between 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 6 a.m. on Thursdays, Washington, DC time, for maintenance. Any modifications to these hours are posted on the e-Grants Web site. • You will not receive additional point value because you submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you if you submit your application in paper format. • You must submit all documents electronically, including the Application for Federal Education Assistance (ED 424), Budget Information—Non-Construction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary assurances and certifications. • Any narrative sections of your application should be attached as files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich text), or .PDF (Portable Document) format. • Your electronic application must comply with any page limit requirements described in this notice. VerDate jul<14>2003 19:36 Apr 13, 2005 Jkt 205001 • Prior to submitting your electronic application, you may wish to print a copy of it for your records. • After you electronically submit your application, you will receive an automatic acknowledgement that will include a PR/Award number (an identifying number unique to your application). • Within three working days after submitting your electronic application, fax a signed copy of the ED 424 to the Application Control Center after following these steps: (1) Print the ED 424 from eApplication. (2) The applicant’s Authorizing Representative must sign this form. (3) Place the PR/Award number in the upper right hand corner of the hardcopy signature page of the ED 424. (4) Fax the signed ED 424 to the Application Control Center at (202) 245–6272. • We may request that you provide us original signatures on other forms at a later date. Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of System Unavailability: If you are prevented from electronically submitting your application on the application deadline date because the eApplication system is unavailable, we will grant you an extension of one business day in order to transmit your application electronically, by mail, or by hand delivery. We will grant this extension if— (1) You are a registered user of eApplication and you have initiated an electronic application for this competition; and (2) (a) The e-Application system is unavailable for 60 minutes or more between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date; or (b) The e-Application system is unavailable for any period of time between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. We must acknowledge and confirm these periods of unavailability before granting you an extension. To request this extension or to confirm our acknowledgement of any system unavailability, you may contact either (1) the person listed elsewhere in this notice under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT (see VII. Agency Contact) or (2) the e-Grants help desk at 1–888–336–8930. If the system is down and therefore the application deadline is extended, an e-mail will be sent to all registered users who have initiated an e-Application. Extensions referred to in this section apply only to the unavailability of the PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Department’s e-Application system. If the e-Application system is available, and, for any reason, you are unable to submit your application electronically or you do not receive an automatic acknowledgement of your submission, you may submit your application in paper format by mail or hand delivery in accordance with the instructions in this notice. b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail. If you submit your application in paper format by mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier), you must mail the original and two copies of your application, on or before the application deadline date, to the Department at the applicable following address: By mail through the U.S. Postal Service: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number 84.353), 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202– 4260; or By mail through a commercial carrier: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center—Stop 4260, Attention: (CFDA Number 84.353), 7100 Old Landover Road, Landover, MD 20785–1506. Regardless of which address you use, you must show proof of mailing consisting of one of the following: (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark, (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the U.S. Postal Service, (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial carrier, or (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do not accept either of the following as proof of mailing: (1) A private metered postmark, or (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service. If your application is postmarked after the application deadline date, we will not consider your application. Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with your local post office. c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery. If you submit your application in paper format by hand delivery, you (or a courier service) must deliver the original and two copies of your application by hand, on or before the application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: E:\FR\FM\14APN1.SGM 14APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 71 / Thursday, April 14, 2005 / Notices (CFDA Number 84.353), 550 12th Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–4260. The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, except Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays. Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If you mail or hand deliver your application to the Department: (1) You must indicate on the envelope and—if not provided by the Department—in Item 4 of the ED 424 the CFDA number—and suffix letter, if any—of the competition under which you are submitting your application. (2) The Application Control Center will mail a grant application receipt acknowledgment to you. If you do not receive the grant application receipt acknowledgment within 15 business days from the application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of Education Application Control Center at (202) 245–6288. V. Application Review Information 1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition are as follows: (1) Quality of the project design. (40 points) In determining the quality of the design of the proposed project, we consider the following factors: (a) The extent to which the applicant demonstrates its readiness to implement a complete, career-oriented, four-year program of study, as evidenced by a formal articulation agreement concerning the structure, content, and sequence of all academic and technical courses to be offered in the proposed tech-prep program and, if applicable, the conditions under which dual credit will be awarded. (5 points) (b) The extent to which the applicant’s proposed secondary academic and technical course offerings and graduation requirements prepare students to enter postsecondary education without the need for remediation and are aligned with the entrance requirements for postsecondary degree and certificate programs. (5 points) (c) The extent to which the proposed instructional program incorporates high academic standards that equal or exceed those established by the State and reflects industry-recognized skills and knowledge. (5 points) (d) The extent to which the applicant demonstrates that consortium efforts will align the ninth-grade and tenthgrade curricula with proposed TPDP program entrance requirements, to VerDate jul<14>2003 19:36 Apr 13, 2005 Jkt 205001 ensure a sizable, qualified applicant pool for the proposed TPDP program. (5 points) (e) The extent to which the applicant presents a detailed student recruitment plan that is likely to be effective in fulfilling the project’s enrollment goals for each year of the project. (5 points) (f) The extent to which the applicant demonstrates that it has designed a comprehensive academic and career counseling program for participating students at both the secondary and postsecondary levels and will provide specific support services to ensure students’ persistence in the program to the attainment of a postsecondary degree or certificate. (5 points) (g) The extent to which the applicant demonstrates that the business member(s) of the consortium and other area employers have agreed to provide structured work-based learning opportunities to TPDP students that are directly related to the proposed technical program(s) of study. (5 points) (h) The extent to which the proposed project will provide intensive professional development, specifically designed to help achieve the goals of the program, for secondary and postsecondary instructors, counselors, and administrators involved in the program. (5 points) (2) Quality of the management plan. (15 points) In determining the quality of the management plan for the proposed project, we consider the following factors: (a) The extent to which the management plan outlines specific, measurable goals, objectives, and outcomes to be achieved by the proposed project. (5 points) (b) The extent to which the management plan assigns responsibility for the accomplishment of project tasks to specific project personnel and provides timelines for the accomplishment of project tasks. (5 points) (c) The extent to which the time commitments of the project director and other key personnel are appropriate and adequate to achieve the objectives of the proposed project. (5 points) (3) Quality of project personnel. (15 points) In determining the quality of project personnel, we consider the following factors: (a) The extent to which the applicant encourages applications for employment from members of groups that have traditionally been underrepresented based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability. (5 points) PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 19745 (b) The qualifications, including relevant training and experience, of the project director. (5 points) (c) The qualifications, including relevant training and experience, of key project personnel, including teachers, counselors, administrators, and project consultants. (5 points) (4) Adequacy of resources. (10 points) In determining the adequacy of resources for the proposed project, we consider the following factors: (a) The adequacy of support, including facilities, equipment, supplies, and other resources, from the participating institutions. (5 points) (b) The extent to which the budget is adequate and costs are reasonable in relation to the objectives and design of the proposed project. (5 points) (5) Quality of the project evaluation. (20 points) In determining the quality of the evaluation, we consider the following factors: (a) The extent to which the methods of evaluation are thorough, feasible, and appropriate, will solicit input from all consortium members regarding program effectiveness, and will yield accurate and reliable data for each of the required performance indicators. (10 points) (b) The extent to which the evaluation will produce reports or other documents at appropriate intervals to enable consortium members to use the data for planning and decision making for continuous program improvement. (5 points) (c) The extent to which the independent evaluator possesses the necessary background and expertise to carry out the evaluation. (5 points) 2. Special Considerations. In addition to the points to be awarded to applicants based on the selection criteria in this notice, under section 207(d)(3) of Perkins III, we will award five additional points to applications that: (1) Provide for effective employment placement activities; (2) Effectively address the issues of school dropout prevention and reentry, as well as the needs of special populations; (3) Provide education and training in career areas or skills in which there are significant workforce shortages, including the information technology industry; and (4) Demonstrate how tech-prep programs will help students meet high academic and employability competencies. VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your U.S. E:\FR\FM\14APN1.SGM 14APN1 19746 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 71 / Thursday, April 14, 2005 / Notices Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award Notification (GAN). We may also notify you informally. If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, we notify you. 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify administrative and national policy requirements in the application package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice. We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also incorporates your approved application as part of your binding commitments under the grant. 3. Reporting: At the end of your project period, you must submit a final performance report, including financial information, as directed by the Secretary. If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an annual performance report that provides the most current performance and financial expenditure information as specified by the Secretary in 34 CFR 75.118. For specific requirements on grantee reporting, please review the Grant Performance Report forms and instructions (ED 524–B) at http:// www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/ appforms/appforms.html. 4. Performance Measures: We describe the requirement for each applicant to submit specific annual performance goals for the required specific performance indicators identified in paragraph (6) of the Requirements section of the notice of final requirements and selection criteria, published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register. VII. Agency Contact For Further Information Contact: Laura Messenger, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 11028, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–7241. telephone: (202) 245–7840 or by e-mail: laura.messenger@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1– 800–877–8339. Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the program contact person listed in this section. VerDate jul<14>2003 19:36 Apr 13, 2005 Jkt 205001 VIII. Other Information Electronic Access to this Document: You may view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/ fedregister. To use PDF you must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) toll free at 1–888– 293–6498, or in the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512–1530. Note: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. 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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Office of Vocational and Adult Education; Overview Information; 
Tech-Prep Demonstration Program (TPDP); Notice Inviting Applications 
For New Awards in Fiscal Year (FY) 2005

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.353.


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    Dates: Applications Available: April 14, 2005.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 24, 2005.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 28, 2005.
    Eligible Applicants: To be eligible for funding under the TPDP, a 
consortium must include at least one member in each of the following 
three categories:
    (1) A local educational agency (LEA), an intermediate educational 
agency, an area vocational and technical education school serving 
secondary school students, or a secondary school funded by the Bureau 
of Indian Affairs;
    (2)(a) A nonprofit institution of higher education that offers a 
two-year associate degree, two-year certificate, or two-year 
postsecondary apprenticeship program, or (b) a proprietary institution 
of higher education that offers a two-year associate degree program; 
and
    (3) A business.
    Under the provisions of section 204(a)(1) of the Carl D. Perkins 
Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998 (Perkins III), to be 
eligible for consortium membership both nonprofit and proprietary 
institutions of higher education must be qualified as institutions of 
higher education pursuant to section 102 of the Higher Education Act of 
1965, as amended (HEA), including institutions receiving assistance 
under the Tribally Controlled College or University Assistance Act of 
1978 (25 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) and tribally controlled postsecondary 
vocational and technical institutions.
    In addition, nonprofit institutions of higher education are 
eligible only if they are not prohibited from receiving assistance 
under HEA, title IV, part B (20 U.S.C. 1071 et seq.), pursuant to the 
provisions of section 435(a)(3) of HEA (20 U.S.C. 1083(a)). Proprietary 
institutions of higher education are eligible only if they are not 
subject to a default management plan required by the Secretary.
    Under the provisions of section 204(a)(2) of Perkins III, consortia 
also may include one or more: (1) Institutions of higher education that 
award baccalaureate degrees; (2) Employer organizations; or (3) Labor 
organizations.

    Note: Eligible consortia seeking to apply for funds should read 
and follow the regulations in 34 CFR 75.127 through 75.129, which 
apply to group applications.

    Estimated Available Funds: $9,838,177.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $700,000 to $800,000 for the 60-month 
project period.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $759,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 13.

    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 
Notice.

    Project Period: 60 months. Additional information concerning length 
of awards, available funds, and award amounts is included in Section II 
(Award Information) of this notice.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The TPDP provides grants to enable consortia 
described in section 204(a) of Perkins III to carry out tech-prep 
education projects authorized by section 207 of Perkins III that 
involve the location of a secondary school on the site of a community 
college, a business as a member of the consortium, and the voluntary 
participation of secondary school students. Following an initial 
recruitment period, funded projects will enroll a new student cohort in 
each year of the project and will continue to support each previous 
TPDP student cohort.
    Priority: Under this competition we are particularly interested in 
applications that address the following priority.
    Invitational Priority: For this competition, this priority is an 
invitational priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1), we do not give an 
application that meets this invitational priority a competitive or 
absolute preference over other applications.
    This priority is:
    Student Choice: This priority encourages applications that propose 
to implement a TPDP project in a geographic area in which a large 
proportion or number of public high schools have been identified for 
improvement, corrective action, or restructuring under Title I, Part A 
of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended 
(ESEA), to provide an opportunity for students to attend a school that 
is not in need of improvement.
    Requirements: Additional requirements for all projects funded under 
this competition are in the notice of final requirements and selection 
criteria, published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register.

    Program Authority:  20 U.S.C. 2376.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 
81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) the requirements and selection 
criteria in the notice of final requirements and selection criteria 
published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register.

    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants 
except federally recognized Indian tribes.


    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of 
higher education only.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grant.
    Estimated Available Funds: $9,838,177.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $700,000 to $800,000 for the 60-month 
project period.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $759,000
    Estimated Number of Awards: 13.

    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 
Notice.

    Project Period: 60 months. Applicants under this competition are 
required to provide detailed budget information for each year of the 
proposed project and for the total grant. The Department will negotiate 
funding levels for each 12-month period of the grant at the time of the 
award. Grants under this competition will be made from both the FY 2004 
and the FY 2005 TPDP appropriations. The FY 2005 appropriation for 
TPDP, although already enacted, will not be available to the Secretary 
for obligation until July 1, 2005. Therefore, partial TPDP grant awards 
will be made with funds from the FY 2004 TPDP appropriation, following 
the selection of grantees. The remainder of the TPDP grant awards will 
be made as supplemental awards to grantees on or soon after July 1, 
2005, when funds from the FY 2005 TPDP appropriation become available 
for obligation by the Secretary.

    Note: The Secretary has concluded that five-year awards are 
necessary for TPDP grantees to fully meet the statutory purposes of 
section 207 of Perkins III and the requirements of this notice. By 
definition, tech-prep programs combine at least two years of 
secondary education with a minimum of two years of postsecondary 
education in a nonduplicative, sequential course of study, and 
result in the attainment of a postsecondary degree or certificate. 
As outlined in this notice, five-year funding will: (a) Allow funded 
projects to engage in a lengthy recruitment effort and meet their 
enrollment goals; (b) enable the first cohort of students to 
complete the full four years of the tech-prep program and attain the 
necessary postsecondary degree or certificate; and (c) enable 
subsequent cohorts of students to complete a significant portion of 
the tech-prep program, thus increasing the likelihood that they will 
persist in their efforts to attain the necessary postsecondary 
degree or certificate. In addition, by enabling funded projects to 
conduct the full four-year tech-prep program, five-year funding will 
allow grantees and the Department to evaluate the

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effectiveness of the funded programs more thoroughly.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: To be eligible for funding under the TPDP, 
a consortium must include at least one member in each of the following 
three categories:
    (1) An LEA, an intermediate educational agency, an area vocational 
and technical education school serving secondary school students, or a 
secondary school funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs;
    (2) (a) A nonprofit institution of higher education that offers a 
two-year associate degree, two-year certificate, or two-year 
postsecondary apprenticeship program, or (b) a proprietary institution 
of higher education that offers a two-year associate degree program; 
and
    (3) A business.
    Under the provisions of section 204(a)(1) of Perkins III, to be 
eligible for consortium membership both nonprofit and proprietary 
institutions of higher education must be qualified as institutions of 
higher education pursuant to section 102 of HEA, including institutions 
receiving assistance under the Tribally Controlled College or 
University Assistance Act of 1978 (25 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) and tribally 
controlled postsecondary vocational and technical institutions.
    In addition, nonprofit institutions of higher education are 
eligible only if they are not prohibited from receiving assistance 
under HEA, title IV, part B (20 U.S.C. 1071 et seq.), pursuant to the 
provisions of section 435(a)(3) of HEA (20 U.S.C. 1083(a)). Proprietary 
institutions of higher education are eligible only if they are not 
subject to a default management plan required by the Secretary.
    Under the provisions of section 204(a)(2) of Perkins III, consortia 
also may include one or more: (1) Institutions of higher education that 
award baccalaureate degrees; (2) employer organizations; or (3) labor 
organizations.

    Note: Eligible consortia seeking to apply for funds should read 
and follow the regulations in 34 CFR 75.127 through 75.129, which 
apply to group applications.

    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not involve cost 
sharing or matching but does involve supplement-not-supplant funding 
provisions.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Request Application Package: Laura Messenger, U.S. 
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 11028, Potomac 
Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-7241. Telephone: (202) 245-7840. 
Fax: (202) 245-7170. You may also obtain an application package via 
Internet from the following address: http://www.ed.gov/GrantApps/
 If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may 
call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this notice in an 
alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) by contacting the program contact person listed in this 
section.
    2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements 
concerning the content of the application, together with the forms you 
must submit, are in the application package for this competition.
    3. Submission Dates and Times:
    Applications Available: April 14, 2005.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 31, 2005.
    Applications for grants under this competition may be submitted 
electronically using the Electronic Grant Application System (e-
Application) accessible through the Department's e-Grants system, or in 
paper format by mail or hand delivery. For information (including dates 
and times) about how to submit your application electronically, or by 
mail or hand delivery, please refer to section IV. 6. Other Submission 
Requirements in this notice.
    We do not consider an application that does not comply with the 
deadline requirements.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 28, 2005.
    4. Intergovernmental Review: This program is subject to Executive 
order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Information about 
Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order 
12372 is in the application package for this competition.
    5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding 
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice. In 
addition, some specific categories of allowable TPDP spending and some 
specific funding restrictions apply to TPDP projects:

Allowable Costs

    Allowable activities and expenditures for TPDP projects include, 
but are not limited to: Recruitment and enrollment of students; staff 
hiring; updating of articulation agreements; curriculum revision; 
professional development for secondary and postsecondary faculty, 
counselors, and administrators; and development and maintenance of 
business and industry partnerships. In addition, section 207(b)(2) of 
Perkins III specifies that TPDP projects may provide summer internships 
at a business for students or teachers.
    Section 207 of Perkins III gives applicants latitude for 
innovation. Subject to applicable funding restrictions, section 
204(c)(3)(B) of Perkins III authorizes tech-prep programs that allow 
students to concurrently complete both secondary and postsecondary 
courses, and simultaneously satisfy requirements for a high school 
diploma and an associate degree or other postsecondary credential.

Unallowable Costs

    (1) Supplanting. In accordance with section 311(a) of Perkins III, 
funds under this program may not be used to supplant non-Federal funds 
used to carry out vocational and technical education activities and 
tech-prep activities. Further, the prohibition against supplanting also 
means that grantees are required to use their negotiated restricted 
indirect cost rate under this program. (34 CFR 75.563.)
    Because of the statutory prohibition against supplanting, we 
caution applicants not to plan to use Federal funds awarded under 
section 207 of Perkins III to replace non-Federal funding that is 
already, or that otherwise would be, available for support of the TPDP 
projects to be assisted. Further, we are concerned that TPDP funds may 
be used to replace Federal student financial aid. We wish to highlight 
the fact that the statute does not authorize us to fund projects that 
serve primarily as entities through which students may apply for and 
receive tuition and other financial assistance.
    (2) Construction. Under Sec.  75.533 of EDGAR (34 CFR 75.533), TPDP 
grants cannot be used for the acquisition of real property or 
construction because Perkins III does not specifically permit use of 
TPDP funds for these purposes.
    (3) Articulation Agreements with Four-Year Institutions. Under the 
provisions of section 207(d) of Perkins III, tech-prep articulation 
agreements with four-year institutions cannot be supported with TPDP 
funds awarded under section 207 of Perkins III. However, articulation 
agreements with four-year institutions can be developed using other 
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prep career pathways. Also, the inclusion in TPDP consortia of 
institutions of higher education that award baccalaureate degrees is 
allowable under section 204(a)(2)(A) of Perkins III.
    6. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under 
this competition may be submitted electronically or in paper format by 
mail or hand delivery.
    a. Electronic Submission of Applications. If you choose to submit 
your application to us electronically, you must use e-Application 
available through the Department's e-Grants system, accessible through 
the e-Grants portal page at: http://e-grants.ed.gov.
    While completing your electronic application, you will be entering 
data online that will be saved into a database. You may not e-mail an 
electronic copy of a grant application to us.
    Please note the following:
     Your participation in e-Application is voluntary.
     You must complete the electronic submission of your grant 
application by 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application 
deadline date. The e-Application system will not accept an application 
for this competition after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the 
application deadline date. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do 
not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application 
process.
     The regular hours of operation of the e-Grants Web site 
are 6 a.m. Monday until 7 p.m. Wednesday; and 6 a.m. Thursday until 
midnight Saturday, Washington, DC time. Please note that the system is 
unavailable on Sundays, and between 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 6 a.m. on 
Thursdays, Washington, DC time, for maintenance. Any modifications to 
these hours are posted on the e-Grants Web site.
     You will not receive additional point value because you 
submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you 
if you submit your application in paper format.
     You must submit all documents electronically, including 
the Application for Federal Education Assistance (ED 424), Budget 
Information--Non-Construction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary 
assurances and certifications.
     Any narrative sections of your application should be 
attached as files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich text), or .PDF 
(Portable Document) format.
     Your electronic application must comply with any page 
limit requirements described in this notice.
     Prior to submitting your electronic application, you may 
wish to print a copy of it for your records.
     After you electronically submit your application, you will 
receive an automatic acknowledgement that will include a PR/Award 
number (an identifying number unique to your application).
     Within three working days after submitting your electronic 
application, fax a signed copy of the ED 424 to the Application Control 
Center after following these steps:
    (1) Print the ED 424 from e-Application.
    (2) The applicant's Authorizing Representative must sign this form.
    (3) Place the PR/Award number in the upper right hand corner of the 
hard-copy signature page of the ED 424.
    (4) Fax the signed ED 424 to the Application Control Center at 
(202) 245-6272.
     We may request that you provide us original signatures on 
other forms at a later date.
    Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of System 
Unavailability: If you are prevented from electronically submitting 
your application on the application deadline date because the e-
Application system is unavailable, we will grant you an extension of 
one business day in order to transmit your application electronically, 
by mail, or by hand delivery. We will grant this extension if--
    (1) You are a registered user of e-Application and you have 
initiated an electronic application for this competition; and
    (2) (a) The e-Application system is unavailable for 60 minutes or 
more between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, 
on the application deadline date; or
    (b) The e-Application system is unavailable for any period of time 
between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the 
application deadline date.
    We must acknowledge and confirm these periods of unavailability 
before granting you an extension. To request this extension or to 
confirm our acknowledgement of any system unavailability, you may 
contact either (1) the person listed elsewhere in this notice under FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT (see VII. Agency Contact) or (2) the e-
Grants help desk at 1-888-336-8930. If the system is down and therefore 
the application deadline is extended, an e-mail will be sent to all 
registered users who have initiated an e-Application.
    Extensions referred to in this section apply only to the 
unavailability of the Department's e-Application system. If the e-
Application system is available, and, for any reason, you are unable to 
submit your application electronically or you do not receive an 
automatic acknowledgement of your submission, you may submit your 
application in paper format by mail or hand delivery in accordance with 
the instructions in this notice.
    b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail. If you submit your 
application in paper format by mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or 
a commercial carrier), you must mail the original and two copies of 
your application, on or before the application deadline date, to the 
Department at the applicable following address:
    By mail through the U.S. Postal Service: U.S. Department of 
Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number 84.353), 
400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202-4260; or
    By mail through a commercial carrier: U.S. Department of Education, 
Application Control Center--Stop 4260, Attention: (CFDA Number 84.353), 
7100 Old Landover Road, Landover, MD 20785-1506.
    Regardless of which address you use, you must show proof of mailing 
consisting of one of the following:
    (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark,
    (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the 
U.S. Postal Service,
    (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial 
carrier, or
    (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the 
U.S. Department of Education.
    If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do 
not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:
    (1) A private metered postmark, or
    (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.
    If your application is postmarked after the application deadline 
date, we will not consider your application.

    Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated 
postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with your 
local post office.

    c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery. If you submit 
your application in paper format by hand delivery, you (or a courier 
service) must deliver the original and two copies of your application 
by hand, on or before the application deadline date, to the Department 
at the following address: U.S. Department of Education, Application 
Control Center, Attention:

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(CFDA Number 84.353), 550 12th Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center 
Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-4260.
    The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily 
between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, except Saturdays, 
Sundays, and Federal holidays.
    Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If you mail 
or hand deliver your application to the Department:
    (1) You must indicate on the envelope and--if not provided by the 
Department--in Item 4 of the ED 424 the CFDA number--and suffix letter, 
if any--of the competition under which you are submitting your 
application.
    (2) The Application Control Center will mail a grant application 
receipt acknowledgment to you. If you do not receive the grant 
application receipt acknowledgment within 15 business days from the 
application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of 
Education Application Control Center at (202) 245-6288.

V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition 
are as follows:
    (1) Quality of the project design. (40 points)
    In determining the quality of the design of the proposed project, 
we consider the following factors:
    (a) The extent to which the applicant demonstrates its readiness to 
implement a complete, career-oriented, four-year program of study, as 
evidenced by a formal articulation agreement concerning the structure, 
content, and sequence of all academic and technical courses to be 
offered in the proposed tech-prep program and, if applicable, the 
conditions under which dual credit will be awarded. (5 points)
    (b) The extent to which the applicant's proposed secondary academic 
and technical course offerings and graduation requirements prepare 
students to enter postsecondary education without the need for 
remediation and are aligned with the entrance requirements for 
postsecondary degree and certificate programs. (5 points)
    (c) The extent to which the proposed instructional program 
incorporates high academic standards that equal or exceed those 
established by the State and reflects industry-recognized skills and 
knowledge. (5 points)
    (d) The extent to which the applicant demonstrates that consortium 
efforts will align the ninth-grade and tenth-grade curricula with 
proposed TPDP program entrance requirements, to ensure a sizable, 
qualified applicant pool for the proposed TPDP program. (5 points)
    (e) The extent to which the applicant presents a detailed student 
recruitment plan that is likely to be effective in fulfilling the 
project's enrollment goals for each year of the project. (5 points)
    (f) The extent to which the applicant demonstrates that it has 
designed a comprehensive academic and career counseling program for 
participating students at both the secondary and postsecondary levels 
and will provide specific support services to ensure students' 
persistence in the program to the attainment of a postsecondary degree 
or certificate. (5 points)
    (g) The extent to which the applicant demonstrates that the 
business member(s) of the consortium and other area employers have 
agreed to provide structured work-based learning opportunities to TPDP 
students that are directly related to the proposed technical program(s) 
of study. (5 points)
    (h) The extent to which the proposed project will provide intensive 
professional development, specifically designed to help achieve the 
goals of the program, for secondary and postsecondary instructors, 
counselors, and administrators involved in the program. (5 points)
    (2) Quality of the management plan. (15 points)
    In determining the quality of the management plan for the proposed 
project, we consider the following factors:
    (a) The extent to which the management plan outlines specific, 
measurable goals, objectives, and outcomes to be achieved by the 
proposed project. (5 points)
    (b) The extent to which the management plan assigns responsibility 
for the accomplishment of project tasks to specific project personnel 
and provides timelines for the accomplishment of project tasks. (5 
points)
    (c) The extent to which the time commitments of the project 
director and other key personnel are appropriate and adequate to 
achieve the objectives of the proposed project. (5 points)
    (3) Quality of project personnel. (15 points)
    In determining the quality of project personnel, we consider the 
following factors:
    (a) The extent to which the applicant encourages applications for 
employment from members of groups that have traditionally been 
underrepresented based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, or 
disability. (5 points)
    (b) The qualifications, including relevant training and experience, 
of the project director. (5 points)
    (c) The qualifications, including relevant training and experience, 
of key project personnel, including teachers, counselors, 
administrators, and project consultants. (5 points)
    (4) Adequacy of resources. (10 points)
    In determining the adequacy of resources for the proposed project, 
we consider the following factors:
    (a) The adequacy of support, including facilities, equipment, 
supplies, and other resources, from the participating institutions. (5 
points)
    (b) The extent to which the budget is adequate and costs are 
reasonable in relation to the objectives and design of the proposed 
project. (5 points)
    (5) Quality of the project evaluation. (20 points)
    In determining the quality of the evaluation, we consider the 
following factors:
    (a) The extent to which the methods of evaluation are thorough, 
feasible, and appropriate, will solicit input from all consortium 
members regarding program effectiveness, and will yield accurate and 
reliable data for each of the required performance indicators. (10 
points)
    (b) The extent to which the evaluation will produce reports or 
other documents at appropriate intervals to enable consortium members 
to use the data for planning and decision making for continuous program 
improvement. (5 points)
    (c) The extent to which the independent evaluator possesses the 
necessary background and expertise to carry out the evaluation. (5 
points)
    2. Special Considerations. In addition to the points to be awarded 
to applicants based on the selection criteria in this notice, under 
section 207(d)(3) of Perkins III, we will award five additional points 
to applications that:
    (1) Provide for effective employment placement activities;
    (2) Effectively address the issues of school dropout prevention and 
reentry, as well as the needs of special populations;
    (3) Provide education and training in career areas or skills in 
which there are significant workforce shortages, including the 
information technology industry; and
    (4) Demonstrate how tech-prep programs will help students meet high 
academic and employability competencies.

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your 
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Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award 
Notification (GAN). We may also notify you informally.
    If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, 
we notify you.
    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify 
administrative and national policy requirements in the application 
package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable 
Regulations section of this notice.
    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of 
an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and 
include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also 
incorporates your approved application as part of your binding 
commitments under the grant.
    3. Reporting: At the end of your project period, you must submit a 
final performance report, including financial information, as directed 
by the Secretary. If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an 
annual performance report that provides the most current performance 
and financial expenditure information as specified by the Secretary in 
34 CFR 75.118. For specific requirements on grantee reporting, please 
review the Grant Performance Report forms and instructions (ED 524-B) 
at http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/appforms/appforms.html.
    4. Performance Measures: We describe the requirement for each 
applicant to submit specific annual performance goals for the required 
specific performance indicators identified in paragraph (6) of the 
Requirements section of the notice of final requirements and selection 
criteria, published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register.

VII. Agency Contact

    For Further Information Contact: Laura Messenger, U.S. Department 
of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 11028, Potomac Center 
Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-7241. telephone: (202) 245-7840 or by e-
mail: laura.messenger@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may 
call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the program contact person listed in this 
section.

VIII. Other Information

    Electronic Access to this Document: You may view this document, as 
well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal 
Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the 
Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/fedregister.
    To use PDF you must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is 
available free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, 
call the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) toll free at 1-888-293-
6498, or in the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512-1530.

    Note: The official version of this document is the document 
published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the 
official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal 
Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/
nara/index.html.


    Dated: April 11, 2005.
Susan Sclafani,
Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education.
[FR Doc. 05-7527 Filed 4-13-05; 8:45 am]
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